Man In The Mirror
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Man In The Mirror is as gripping as it is heartwarming with Martin Sheen who is revolutionary in nine authentic roles. This timeless story takes place in the 70's where a group of people are living on the edge of society, trying to survive the streets of New York City in the shadow of the World Trade Center. "Man In The Mirror" follows Apple Joe staring Academy Award Nominee Michael Dunn, who became a household name as Dr. Loveless in "Wild Wild West". Apple Joe is a society dropout in search of a more meaningful life. The former university professor struggles with his inner demons and a past he would like to bury while he scratches out an existence as a street vendor. A chance to guide the fates of street kids, misguided runaways, and the homeless may be more than he can handle. "Man In The Mirror" reflects a time in the 70's when the greedy ruled over the world of those in need.
Winner of the United Nations IMSCO NGO 2007 Art and Humanitarian Award and SOL Film Festival winner for 2007 Best Original Story and Screenplay. "Man In The Mirror" will leave you inspired and enlightened.
"It is a work of such cinematic creativity and historical perspective that it should be remembered by a much wider audience." Professor Donald W. White of New York University.
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Michael Dunn stars as a disillusioned college professor turned earnest social reformer. His vehicle, literally, is a pushcart, from which he peddles both apples and ethics to everyone from rowdy teen boys to old derelicts and a cop--conveniently without ever falling behind on his rent. Dunn's interpretation of a simplistic script tends toward satire, as he tries to reconcile Apple Joe's naiveté and street smarts. Playing opposite Dunn is a youthful Martin Sheen, who slides easily into myriad disguises, gaits, and accents to sketch stock characters with comic effect.
The plot drags badly for the first half hour. Cinematography is distractingly crude, disjoint, and full of heavy-handed symbolism. Plot advancement initially depends on archival news footage of student demonstrations interspersed with recurrent close-ups of the Statue of Liberty. The same pans of a particular street corner and the city skyline recur with tiresome frequency, and baffling use of apparent two-tone color filtration loses its impact on badly faded film.
All star performances by names and the like. Martin Sheen is a jack of all trades--and you know it even more by looking at this example of his earlier work. Johnny Brown makes your skin itch but warms your heart in the end. However, it is truly the work of Michael Dunn, a talent in his ideal role, who pulls at your heart strings only to put them back in perfect pitch.
May we all take something life changing away from this film. With all the new opportunities for growth on the horizon--maybe this film will help us find strength in ourselves to make a big step.
The late, great Michael Dunn anchors the film; his performance is heartbreakingly human and reminds us once again what a marvelous actor he was.
And then there's Martin Sheen! He pops up here, there, and everywhere, in roles almost too numerous to count. This has to be his least-known film, but it should be seen by every fan of his work. It's great fun to watch this already masterly young actor show off his considerable stuff. (He seems to be having a heckuva good time doing it, too.)
So: Grab a copy of Man in the Mirror! You won't regret it!
The movie is just plain fun, and challenges you to take a serious look at what we have lost, what we have gained, in the last 30+ years. This film owns hip 70's nostalgia, it eats your heart out and is the real deal. Great performances, Michael Dunn is all of us fighting back, against the odds no matter where or what we come from.
For many it will be the young and incredible Martin Sheen, acting in ways he has never done since, simply a treasure for fans of this star. They don't make them like this anymore, ( many try ) but thanks to Frank Weston ( Director )--- something, truly inspiring that was lost is now found. Highly recommended!!!